NEWS

In Brief

Angelou appeal

Ex-PM’s aide seeks lower or no bail in Vatopedi case Lawyers representing Yiannis Angelou, a close aide of former Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, yesterday asked the Athens Appeals Court to review the terms of his bail. Angelou, who denies playing a central role in setting up a real-estate exchange between the state and the Vatopedi Monastery, had his bail reduced last week from 400,000 euros to 300,000 on appeal. However, his lawyers argue that Angelou is unable to raise the 300,000 necessary and have asked that the terms be changed so the amount is either substantially lower or that Angelou not post any bail. Prison break Korydallos inmate missing An inmate at Korydallos Prison has escaped, authorities said yesterday. The prisoner is a 31-year-old Mexican national who had been arrested for drug trafficking, authorities said. He is believed to have escaped after hiding in a garbage truck that had entered the prison yard to collect trash. Dangerous tree Twenty people were injured when a 30-meter-tall pine tree collapsed during a celebration outside a church in Kiato, west of Athens, on Sunday evening. Two girls were seriously injured while another five people remained in the hospital yesterday. Student stabbed A student from Ecuador is in critical condition in a Thessaloniki hospital after being stabbed in his apartment. The 25-year-old suffered stab wounds to his neck and stomach. Police said the motive for the attack was not clear. West Nile virus The number of Greeks who are ill with the West Nile virus rose to 47 yesterday, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) said. Seven of these cases are in intensive care units in northern Greece, where most of the cases have been reported. So far, three elderly people with other health problems have died after contracting the disease, which is carried by mosquitoes. Brothers die Two elderly brothers died yesterday when the Thessaloniki apartment in which they lived caught fire. It was not immediately clear what caused the blaze to break out on the seventh floor of the building in eastern Thessaloniki. Twelve fire engines and 25 firefighters took part in the operation to extinguish the blaze. The fire was put out before it spread to other floors but the entire building had to be evacuated. The men were not named. Power break-in Thieves broke into the Public Power Corporation (PPC) offices in Halandri over the weekend and stole an unspecified amount of cash from the building, police said yesterday. The break-in was discovered when employees returned to work yesterday morning. Police said that the thieves used a ladder to climb up to the first floor, where they forced their way into the building before descending to the basement, where the safe is located. Bank holdup An armed man held up a branch of ATEbank on Rhodes yesterday morning, making off with 59,000 euros in cash. The robber burst into the bank at 8.10 a.m. brandishing a revolver and forced staff to hand over the cash. Nobody was injured.